California's First Mega Millions Millionaire; Second Tier Prize of $1.4 Million Sold in Los Angeles.SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Lottery officials today announced that the second tier prize for MEGA Millions Mega Millions is a multi-state US$1 lottery game in the United States. Twelve U.S. states currently license Mega Millions as a provider of multistate lotteries in those states (29 states, the District of Columbia, and the US Virgin Islands license Powerball, Mega Millions' main , matching 5 of 5 without the MEGA Number Many states have set up lottery games that award a substantial prize, often in the tens or even hundreds of millions of dollars to some lucky winner or group of winners. Such games often go by the name of Mega Millions, Hot Lotto, or Powerball. , was won last night. The ticket, worth $1.4 million, was sold at Seven Kings Liquor in Los Angeles Los Angeles (lôs ăn`jələs, lŏs, ăn`jəlēz'), city (1990 pop. 3,485,398), seat of Los Angeles co., S Calif.; inc. 1850. .
"This first million dollar prize is unique because it will be paid out in full in cash (before the 25% Federal withholding Withholding
Any tax that is taken directly out of an individual's wages or other income before he or she receives the funds.
In other words, these funds are "withheld" from your wages. is taken out)," said Lottery Acting Director Chon Gutierrez. "Usually, the prizes of this size are paid out in payments or if the player chooses the cash option, it is paid at a discounted rate."
Earlier this week, the California Lottery announced its Best Year Ever with more prizes and more winners than ever before during its 20-year history. A record $1.7 billion in prizes was paid out, and twenty eight players in California became millionaires from SuperLOTTO Plus Jackpots and "The Big Spin" show.
MEGA Millions can be played at approximately 18,000 retail locations throughout California. The MEGA Millions draw takes place each Tuesday and Friday night at 7:58 p.m. Players may purchase tickets until 7:45 p.m. on the night of the draw. Undecided what lotto game to play? Try a "California Combo." This option gives players the option of purchasing 5 MEGA Millions plays and 5 SuperLOTTO Plus(R) plays in one transaction.
For additional information on the California State Lottery A game of chance operated by a state government.
Generally a lottery offers a person the chance to win a prize in exchange for something of lesser value. Most lotteries offer a large cash prize, and the chance to win the cash prize is typically available for one dollar. , please visit www.calottery.com.